Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Chinese Cinema B

Module P4086B

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Chinese-language cinema is produced in the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and among diaspora communities. It is therefore an excellent frame through which to examine the limits of the ‘national cinema’ model of Film Studies. As a result, rather than look at an historical overview of Chinese-language film, in this module you will consider how ‘Chineseness’ and ‘national belonging’ have manifested in Chinese-language cinema, and how these manifestations have been shaped by different social, political, historical, and industrial contexts.

You will study a range of films from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and from different time periods, that explore different ways in which ‘Chinese-ness’ can be represented cinematically. Topics covered may include:
• Representing historical experience
• Gender and national belonging
• Sexuality and ethnicity
• The ‘national’ film industry today

Examples of films that we have studied in the past include The Puppetmaster, Finding Mr Right, Kungfu Hustle, The Goddess, Old Dog, and Rouge.

Chinese Cinema B is taught through a combination of lecture, film screening, and seminar, and assessed through a written essay.


Students are required to have taken a film option at Level 5 to take this option.


Berry, Chris and Mary Farquhar, China on Screen (New York: Columbia UP, 2006)
Zhang, Zhen, An Amorous History of the Silver Screen (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2005)
Pang, Laikwan, Building a New China (Lexington: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002)
Braester, Yomi, Painting the City Red (Durham NC: Duke UP, 2010)
Chow, Rey, Primitive Passions (New York: Columbia UP, 1995)
-- Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films (New York: Columbia UP,2007)
Hong, Guo-Juin, Taiwan Cinema (New York: Routledge, 2011)
Zhu, Ying , Chinese Cinema during the Era of Reform (Westport CT: Praeger, 2003)
Cheuk, Pak Tong, Hong Kong New Wave Cinema (Bristol: Intellect, 2008)

Module learning outcomes

Appropriate knowledge of the historical development and aesthetic conventions of Chinese cinema(s)

Appropriate understanding of the critical and theoretical debates associated with the academic study of Chinese cinemas

Ability to analyze Chinese cinemas in ways attentive to their form and context

Ability to integrate critical sources in their construction and decelopment of written analysis and argument

Coursework components. Equal weighting for all components.
EssayA2 Week 2  

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
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Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111111

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The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Luke Robinson

Convenor, Assess convenor

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